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  • Born

    1952 (age 67)

  • Born In

    Kentucky, United States

Pat Kirtley (born in Kentucky, USA) is a American fingerstyle guitarist, composer and guitar teacher.

In the early seventies, after having played in groups including pop, rock, jazz, and a nine-piece R&B show band, Kirtley moved away from electric guitar and began focusing on the acoustic, playing both steel-string and nylon-string guitars. During this time he began to develop his unique playing style, using alternate tunings, and writing original material. During 1974-75 Kirtley recorded his first album, with eastern Kentucky guitarist Wendell Cornett. Though the album was never released, it established the characteristics of Kirtley's acoustic style, introducing tunes like "B-Rod's Rag" and "Old Joe Clark" which were re-recorded 20 years later for his first CD Kentucky Guitar.

Kirtley continues to tour extensively in the USA and internationally, for concerts, guitar workshops and music camps, producing videos and keeping several recording projects running.


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